Here’s our Monday rundown of everything you need to know for the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The weather: Christmas is behind us and 2023 is less than a week away. The weather couldn’t be nicer for the final week of 2022. A high of 59 is forecasted for Tuesday. New Year’s Day could be chilly and rainy.
Here’s what is happening in Albuquerque this week
- Ready to recycle that Christmas tree? The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation, and PNM will recycle real Christmas trees for free at three separate locations in Albuquerque beginning Dec. 26. Trees can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Jan. 8 at Montessa Park Convenience Center, Eagle Rock Convenience Center or Ladera Golf Course.
- Albuquerque Police Department is hosting a community-based Policy and Procedure Unit meeting as an opportunity to review its policy drafts that are under review. The meeting will be held on Zoom from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.
- You can ring in the new year with balloons Saturday at Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. From 9 a.m. to noon, this free event will allow visitors to take part in balloon science activities, make hands-on New Year’s crafts, listen to live music, explore museum exhibitions, and snap a selfie with a balloon background.
- You can also ring in the new year early with balloons at Explora. The New Year’s Eve family celebration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will feature two indoor balloon drops at noon with 2,023 balloons.
- The Open Space Visitor Center is hosting a School Break Explorer Camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The program is $30 for the three-day camp, and online registration is required.
Let’s catch you up on the headlines
- Here’s some of the best Christmas decorations in Northeast and Northwest Albuquerque.
- A neighborhood in Ventana Ranch was hit by vandals targeting Christmas decorations.
- La Cueva quarterback Aidan Armenta signed to play football for the Lobos, while Volcano Vista alum Cody Moon announced he is leaving the UNM program.
- We looked back on Neighborhood Journal’s most-read stories of the year.
- Former Lobo running back Daryl Chestnut is bringing his Miami attitude to Albuquerque.
Here’s what we’re working on this week
- We’ll let you know the best places in the city to celebrate the new year.
- It’s been a fun year at the Neighborhood Journal. Let’s look back at some of our top stories and photos from 2022.
- We’ll review the top stories from 2022 for La Cueva and Volcano Vista high schools.
- We’ll give you a look at how the real estate market could be like in 2023.
- Learn about the medallion trees in the Sandias — and then go look for some yourself.